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PREP SPOTLIGHT: Sydney Wade

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Farmville Central catcher Sydney Wade throws the ball back to the pitcher during a game on Tuesday.

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By Jake Keator
The Daily Reflector

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Farmville Central softball catcher Sydney Wade has played a big role for the Jaguars in her three seasons. The talented junior is the team’s go-to player behind the plate thanks to her quick reactions and powerful arm. Preps beat writer Jake Keator spoke with Wade about what it takes to play the position, and playing for the Jaguars. 

Q: How did you get started in softball?

A: My parents asked me if I wanted to try it when I was about 4 years old. I just went for it and fell in love with the sport when I was a little girl.

Q: Playing catcher can be a tough position. What’s something about the position those watching wouldn’t know? 

A: It’s really hard keeping the ball in front of you every time, especially if it’s in the dirt. People don’t understand how hard it is to get down and block the ball, and I get hit 10 times a game so it’s kind of tough.

Q: Along with being a good catcher, you’re strong at the plate. Do you have any tricks you use to get in the zone before you step into the batter’s box?

A: I tell myself that I need to make someone on the defense really work to get me out. I need to get the ball in play and force someone to make the play to force me out.

Q: In three seasons you’ve had a lot of success with the Jaguars. What has it been like playing for this team?

A: Softball is just my life basically, so I just really enjoy having a lot of fun with the girls out here. I couldn’t do it without them.

Q: What advice would you give to a younger athlete who is looking to become a catcher? 

A: Practice as much as you can, because it aways makes you better. I practiced all the time when I was younger to help me get better.

Contact Jake Keator at jkeator@reflector.com, 252-329-9594 and follow @JakeKeatorDR on Twitter.

 

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